I've met some kids who are friggin' geniuses, and I'm not just talking emotional ones. My son can manipulate most people into doing and getting whatever he wants. He also puts more effort into climbing a table and getting a bag of chips than most adults do at going after their dream jobs.
But I'm talking about book smarts here. I've come across kids who know more about Shakespeare and biology and western civilization than I'll ever know, and they're not even old enough to drive yet. Which totally makes me feel like less of a loser, but it's only a matter of time before they rob that from me too. Oh, and they're on the track team.
As smart as some kids are, there are some homework assignments so stupidly designed that even the brightest kids will be left scratching their heads.